Stardom returns to Korakuen Hall ahead of the 5 Star Grand Prix with the debut of Riho, another Queen’s Quest clash for the World Of Stardom championship and a guaranteed epic for the Wonder Of Stardom championship.
STARS (Mayu Iwatani, Saki Kashima & Tam Nakano) vs Tokyo Cyber Squad (Hana Kimura, Bobbi Tyler & Konami)
Almost certainly a number one contenders match for the Artist Of Stardom titles there is a lot of quality in this match but the former champions are likely to take it and make another go at Oedo Tai.
High Speed Championship: Death Yama-San (C) vs Starlight Kid vs Riho
Yama-San’s first defense since winning it could very well be her only one. SLK got the pin over her at Korakuen Hall last month to earn this shot but I can’t see Stardom giving her a title yet. The likely outcome is Riho wins here to establish herself as the centerpiece of the High Speed division and a major player in Stardom.
Artist Of Stardom Championship: Oedo Tai (Katsu, Andras Miyagi & Natsu Sumire) (C) vs Oedo Tai (Hazuki, Jamie Hayter & Natsuko Tora)
When Kagetsu and co. captured the Artist titles they pledged to bring the best trios matches in the world to Stardom. What better way to do that than to face your own faction. Natsuko is the main pin eater of the group so her team is likely to lose but Hayter getting a pin over Natsu is possible too as they’ve been building Jamie up for 5 Star.
Wonder Of Stardom Championship: Arisa Hoshiki (C) vs Jungle Kyona
Jungle Kyona has finally managed to overcome Utami Hayashishita and Momo Watanabe. Now that she has exorcised those demons she’s looking to finally win a singles championship in Stardom. Kyona has already had 2 singles title matches this year coming up short in both and she will be hoping third time is the charm. Kyona faces a big challenge as she takes on the “Shining Star” Arisa Hoshiki who has been on a tear in recent months, she did what many others could not when she dethroned Momo Watanabe for the Wonder Of Stardom championship and has since had excellent defenses against Hazuki and Tam Nakano. Will Hoshiki continue her run of form heading into 5 Star Grand Prix or will Jungle Kyona finally claim her long-awaited singles title win.
World Of Stardom Championship: Bea Priestley (C) vs Utami Hayashishita
Priestley defeated fellow Queen’s Quest member Momo Watanabe in her last title defense as she continued her run on top. Hayashishita will one day be the World Of Stardom champion but it is probably too early in her run now to have her win the title. The worry here is this could be a poor match as Hayashishita only debuted one year ago and Priestley has yet to prove herself as the Red Belt champion. If this main events it could get shown up by Hoshiki vs Kyona but if it is knocked off the top then Stardom runs the risk of devaluing their top title, which has already become less prestigious than it used to be.
As well as all of this there is set to be a match featuring the debut of Stardom’s newest rookie Saya Kamitani. Noticeably Momo Watanabe is not on the card so one would expect her to be involved in that match alongside the younger members of the roster.
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